The Super Bowl means good friends, good times, good food and plenty of beverages. This year, opting for aluminum cans and recycling offers easier clean-up, better and colder beverages, a greener planet and guilt-free football viewing for the 2012-13 season. Recycling just one 24-pack easily saves enough energy to watch your favorite team all season on their way to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. On Sunday, recycling two cans saves the energy required to watch ALL the pre-game, game and post-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Even if you are not hosting this year’s block party, you can do your part for guilt-free viewing. Can recycling is such an energy saver that if New York Giants fans recycled 993 cans, a Prius could travel from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not to be outdone, New England Patriots fans can recycle 1,317 cans to make the trip from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts energy neutral. Aluminum recycling saves 95 percent of the energy and 95 percent of the greenhouse gases associated with primary production. Aluminum cans are made of 68 percent recycled material and are 100 percent infinitely recyclable making it the most sustainable beverage packaging available. In 2010, Americans recycled 58.1 percent of their aluminum cans; let’s support this Super Bowl with a 100 percent recycling rate. For hosts, cans offer the best possible option for your guests whether you are serving juice or soda for the kids or the latest local craft beer for the adults. For craft beer lovers, cans are impermeable to light and oxygen that could ruin you beer’s taste. They save space in your cooler and require less energy for your refrigerator to cool. Cans chill quicker than other package making sure everyone’s beverage is refreshing enough to cool the sore throats resulting from screaming at the TV. Cans offer the easiest clean-up during the post-party slump when invariably someone is crying in the corner over a bad referee call and someone else is jumping on your couch because they won the office football pool. Even the host can make a little money by recycling those cans; it will help you start planning next year’s Mardi Gras themed bash. The Super Bowl marks the end of the 2011-12 Season and the Aluminum Association’s Can Crusade which has tailgated in seventeen NFL cities across the country and helped hundreds to recycle their tailgating cans. The event kicked-off in Green Bay, Wisconsin when Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating broke the World Record for the longest can-train and dragged 66,343 cans with his RV. The cans were recycled and proceeds donated to Paul’s Pantry; recycling those cans saved enough energy to power nearly 200,000 hours of TV! So, if you are looking for a way to be green and while watching the Super Bowl, recycle two cans and you offset the energy. It’s as simple as that. The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today’s market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.
Yes, We Can!
Recycle this Super Bowl for guilt-free football viewing next season.